Message from CEO Julius Hackett
We Are Here for You
As our communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (TCEC) is here for our members. This pandemic has changed all our lives in some way over the last few months. We know our members have faced financial challenges and we understand. We are here for you.
ELECTRIC CO-OPS ARE BUILT BY, AND BELONG TO, THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE. THAT COMMUNITY FOCUS DRIVES TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC CO-OP AS WE RESPOND TO EVOLVING COVID-19 CHALLENGES AND CONCERNS.
The economic health of TCEC is directly tied to the well-being of our communities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve worked to support families and businesses in our area. One-way TCEC helped its members was with a temporary suspension of disconnections for non-payment. If you are having difficulty paying your bill, we ask that you contact us at 800.999.2285 so we can make a payment arrangement together. We encourage you to pay what you can to avoid large balances during this critical time of recovery.
During the May Board Meeting, TCEC’s Board authorized an early $1.2 million Capital Credits refund. This is six months ahead of the usual retirement schedule. Members expecting to receive a capital credit refund in December will now see their refund in June. The Board understands that members may have been faced with reduced wages or unable to work, and with this concern for members, they voted unanimously for the early retirement in order to get the money in members’ hands as soon as possible.
Recently, Energizing Education Scholarships totaling $20,000 were awarded to ten high school seniors of qualified members and their families in our four-county service territory. Because of the challenges students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TCEC made changes to the scholarship application process and requirements. This change made it even easier for students to access scholarship dollars that will help ease the financial burden on students planning to attend various universities, community colleges or technical schools in the state of Florida. Our focus at TCEC is to keep your life as normal as possible through this difficult time and beyond. The cooperative way of doing business has brought us this far, and the cooperative way will help us through this crisis.